Manaus city guide
City meets forest in the “Paris of the Tropics”
Located on the Rio Negro in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, Manaus is the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas and one of the country’s best kept secrets. First founded in 1669, the city blossomed during the rubber boom of the late 1800s, when the industry made Manaus one of the world’s richest cities and earned it the nickname “Paris of the Tropics.” The Manaus of today hardly resembles the French capital—it has a character all its own. From the opulent Teatro Amazonas opera house to the breathtaking Meeting of the Waters, where the Solimões and Negro rivers merge to form the Amazon River, Manaus resonates with natural and manmade beauty. Museums display the city’s rich histories, while lively restaurants and bars around town reimagine international fare with local ingredients. Here are just some of the city’s highlights.